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Top Eats in Fair West Neighborhood

Whether you already enjoy frequenting Fair West businesses or want to better appreciate what the area has to offer, get to know the neighborhood by supporting our most popular local restaurants, from a sushi bar to a hot dog spot.

 Created by Hoodline using local Yelp data to produce this ranked list of neighborhood businesses.

1. Fareast Fuzion


Topping the list is the Sushi Bar, Chinese and Asian fusion spot Fareast Fuzion. Located at 5901 Central Ave. NE, it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 168 reviews on Yelp.

On the menu, in addition to an extensive sushi selection, expect to find stir-fried dishes with pepper steak and sesame chicken, as well as soups, Thai curry dishes, noodle dishes, bento boxes and teriyaki bowls.

2. Kap’s Coffee Shop And Diner


Next up is breakfast and brunch spot Kap’s Coffee Shop and Diner, situated at 5801 Central Ave. SE. With 4.5 stars out of 117 reviews on Yelp, it’s proven to be a local favorite.

The menu features a variety of American fare, including chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, Texas French toast, skillet potatoes and more.

3. Cafe Da Lat


Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Da Lat is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 5615 Central Ave. NE, four stars out of 99 reviews.

Dig into appetizers like the frog legs and the crispy quail, or opt for larger entrees like stir-fried egg noodles, sugarcane shrimp or lemongrass chicken. Desserts like fried bananas, mochi ice cream and caramel flan are also available.

4. Sonora Dogs


Sonora Dogs, a food truck and Mexican spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 11 Yelp reviews. Head over to 101-199 Laguayra Drive NE to see for yourself.

The eatery serves up authentic Mexican hot dogs with onions, beans, bacon and a variety of sauces, as well as Tapatío-flavored Doritos.


Fair West Parking Changes – 2018 New Mexico State Fair

Part of living in the Fair West Neighborhood is experiencing the sights and sounds of the NM State Fair. Due to rising costs, the city is no longer able to provide No Parking signs throughout the Fair West Neighborhood and parking passes for the neighbors. For the past couple of years, this has caused problems and confusion.

This year the FWNA board has collaborated with our city councilors and the mayor’s offices, APD and the EXPO NM to develop a strategy that we hope will work for all. The only parking signs will be No Event Parking signs at the entrances to the neighborhood on the North, East and South sides. Fair West neighbors will not receive passes but will but will be able to park on the street as usual.

APD will be creating a Parking Enforcement Team to parole and enforce any illegal parking. Report any parking problems by calling 311 or 242-COPS.

Please spread the word that the State Fair provides free, weekend Park & Ride service from the southwest lot of the Coronado Mall. See All NM State Fair Parking Options

How to Keep Seeing FairWest Neighborhood in Your Facebook Feed

Maybe you’ve heard that Facebook changed its algorithm again. But maybe not, and you’re blissfully unaware that Facebook uses a super-secret calculation to determine what you see in your Facebook feed.  For a while now Facebook’s algorithm has taken into account the type of posts and publishers you interact with and click on, along with the number of likes and loves a post has, and the place a post falls in the current cultural climate.  Meaning posts with lots of thumbs up about trending topics shot right to the top of everyone’s news feed.

Facebook’s New Algorithm

Facebook’s throwing out that old algorithm in favor of a new one that prioritizes:

  • Posts by your friends and family
  • Posts that have a lot of comments
  • Posts that have a lot of shares

(Especially posts shared by and commented on by your friends and family)

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg say the change is to help users make authentic connections again, but it seems likely that they’re trying to curb the chatter surrounding the presidential election and of course, the money. Facebook seems to be finding a new way to force brands and publishers to spend money to boost their posts.

What Facebook’s New Algorithm Means for FairWest Neighborhood

The change is going to be an issue for many of publishers, and it poses a unique challenge for us because we don’t have resources to pay Facebook to let you see our posts.

What You Can Do

There are a few things you can do to make sure you continue to see our posts.

And, most importantly, personally prioritize us in your news feed. Here’s how:

On a computer, go to FairWest Neighborhood’s Facebook page. Click “Follow” (or hover over “Following” if you already follow us) and select “See First.”








Or, on your mobile device: Select the three-line menu in the bottom right-hand corner of iPhone apps/the top right-hand corner of Android apps.

Scroll to the bottom of the menu and select “Settings.”


















Select “News Feed Preferences.”


















Select “Prioritize who to see first.”











Select FairWest Neighborhood and any other pages you want to see first in your feed. The pages/profiles you select will show a blue and white star.















Select “Done!”

Thank you.

In Case of a Burglary

reportitDear FWNA neighbors. Each year the Albuquerque Police Department recovers stolen property that cannot be returned to the rightful owner because of missing or incomplete information.

A key piece of information that is often lacking is the serial number of electronics, tools, bicycles, etc.  You can be  better prepared in the event of a theft or loss by registering your property online. ReportIt is a free service recommended by APD’s Department of Crime Prevention.  To learn more visit the ReportIt website.


A HAWK Signal comes to Fair West

HAWKA HAWK signal, or High-intensity Activated crossWalK, is a pushbutton-activated pedestrian signal. The signal is being installed at the intersection of Lomas Blvd NE and Alvarado Dr.  This type of signal provides a safer way for pedestrians and bicyclists  to cross busy streets while reducing the amount of delay for vehicles. This is the first installation for the City of Albuquerque, but the HAWK has been used successfully in other communities since it was developed in Tucson in 2000. Learn more


Fair West Gets A Little Free Library

LittleFreeLibraryThis week the Fair West neighborhood received a Little Free Library at the West entrance to Fox Park. The Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The library is filled with books for all ages so please check it out.

The “take a book, return a book” idea is to create a space where neighbors can share their favorite literature, promote literacy and the love of reading.

The Fair West Neighborhood received this Little Free Library as part of the International District Stories of Route 66 Project through our Bernalillo County Commissioner, Maggie Hart Stebbins.

Read the ABQ Journal story (PDF)

Dorothy L. Kerwin is our library steward.
Please  with any questions or concerns.